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Nils M. Solsvik Jr. (#46486439)
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You posted a photo of Harry Delmar Fadden, Medal of Honor. What is the source of that photo please?
Added by Ray Johnston on Nov 25, 2016 2:11 PM
idahonetto
Peter Lassen
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Peter Lassen

"Lassen county was named in honor of Peter Lassen, one of Californiaís oldest and most respected pioneers, and the one who made the first permanent and continuous settlement within the borders of the county. He was a native of Denmark, and was born in the city of Copenhagen, August 7, 1800. At the usual time of life he was apprenticed to the trade of a blacksmith in his native city. In this twenty-ninth year he emigrated from Denmark to the United States, and arrived the same year in Boston. After several monthsí residence in eastern cities, he removed to the west, and took up his residence at Katesville, Chariton county, Mo. In the spring of 1839 he left Missouri in company with twelve others, two of whom were women, to cross the Rocky mountains into Oregon. They fell in with a train belonging to the American Fur Company, and after the usual mishaps and fatigues of such an undertaking, they arrived at the Dalles, Oregon, in October of the same year. From the Dalles they proceeded to Fort Vancouver, and thence up the Willamette to a few miles above what is now Oregon City; and after wintering here, they started for California by water, on the vessel Lospanna. After a very rough passage of several weeks, they landed at Fort Ross, then a Russian trading post. After a short stay they left for Sutterís camp near the mouth of American river, where they remained fifteen days, when they went to San Francisco. Shortly afterward Mr. Lassen went to San Jose to winter, where he worked at his trade. In the spring of 1841 he bought some land near Santa Cruz, where he built a saw-mill. After operating his mill for some time he sold out, taking one hundred mules for pay; and in the fall of 1842 he took them up near Captain Sutterís, and ranched them. He worked at his trade for Captain Sutter, taking his pay in stock.

It was while in the service of Captain Sutter, in the summer of 1843, that Lassen, with John Bidwell (now living at Chico) and James Bruheim, pursued a party of emigrants on their way to Oregon, overtaking them at Red Bluff, and recovering some stolen animals. The northern end of the valley was then entirely unsettled, and Lassen was so pleased with the country that he selected a tract of land, from a map of the region made upon their return by Mr. Bidwell, and applied to Governor Micheltorena for a grant of the land, which he afterwards obtained. In December, 1843, Lassen started for his new home, but because of high water in the valley he camped at the Buttes until February, 1844, when he arrived at his destination, and built the first civilized habitation north of Marysville. This grant lies on Deer creek, in the county of Tehama. From this time, though others settled around him, Lassenís ranch was the best known and most important point in northern California. It was from this place that Fremont started on his journey from the valley to Oregon, in the spring of 1846, and it was Peter himself who guided Lieutenant Gillespie, a few days later, in search of the Pathfinder, and overtook him that memorable night on the bank of Klamath lake.

After the discovery of gold in the spring of 1848, Lassen started out, with a companion named Paul Richeson, to find a good emigrant trail into the upper end of the valley, intending to divert emigration from the usual route, by the way of the Humboldt and Truckee. They found what was afterwards known as the Lassen route. Two years before, a company from the Willamette valley had laid out what is known as the southern route to Oregon, running from Fort Hall west to Goose lake, then to Tule lake and through the Modoc country, across Lost river, around the lower end of Klamath lake, through the pass to Rogue river valley, and thence by the Hudson Bay trail to the Willamette valley. The route followed to Yreka and vicinity, in 1851 and later years, was this old Oregon trail as far as Klamath lake, and thence to Yreka by the way of Sheep rock. Lassenís route followed the Oregon road as far as the head-waters of Pit river; then branched to the south, following down that stream until north of Lassen peak, passing around the eastern base of the mountain to Mountain Meadows in this county; then west to the Big Meadows in Plumas county; then to the head-waters of Deer creek, and down that stream to Lassenís ranch.

Lassen and Richeson reached Fort Hall in the summer of 1848, and induced a train of emigrants to try the new route to California. Lassen conducted the twelve wagons that composed this train safely, though they encountered some rugged and difficult mountains, until they reached Mountain Meadows or Big Meadows. In one of these valleys they stopped for a time to recruit their stock and supply themselves with provisions, being unable to proceed in the condition they then were. Here they were overtaken, about the first of November, by a party of Oregonians on their way to the gold-fields, and with their aid reached Lassenís ranch in safety. In 1849-50 a large emigration was diverted from the Carson or Truckee route, and induced to follow Lassenís cut-off, or, as it was sometimes called, Lassenís Horn route, sarcastically comparing it to the journey around Cape Horn. The point of divergence from the main route down the Humboldt was indicated by a post stuck in the desert sands, surrounded by a watchful body-guard of sage-brush, and inclined at an angle of forty-five degrees, across which was nailed a shake bearing the legend ďLassen Road,Ē to woo the unwary emigrant from the crooked and broad way he had been traveling. Many were wooed and won, and turned from the beaten track to follow this new road, of which they knew nothing save that it was claimed to be a shorter route to the mines. Those who came late in the fall of 1849 had a sad experience in the snow which blocked the mountain trails. The experiences of those who had departed from the regular trail in 1849, to try Lassenís road, became generally known in the state; and two or three years later, when many Californians were returning again to this state, having gone home for their families, it was almost as much as a manís life was worth to endeavor to seduce emigrants from the old route, and attempt any of the new passes and cut-offs.

Having been unfortunate, Lassen went to Indian valley, in Plumas county, in 1851, and with Isadore Meyerwitz, or Meyerowitz, and George Edward St. Felix, took up a ranch and opened a trading post. A few years later, Lassen and Meyerwitz came to Honey Lake valley, the first actual settlers of this region. Meyerwitz was drowned in the lake in 1856, and the kind-hearted Lassen met his death at the mouth of the rifle, three years later. The Indians were charged with his murder, but it is a question whether the perpetrators of the deed were not of the Caucasian race. The citizens recovered the body from where it fell, in the mountains north of Pyramid lake, and brought it to Honey lake for burial. The remains were interred on the ranch he had located, and a monument of gray stone marks his grave, reared by the citizens as a mark of affection and respect for the old pioneer whose kind heart and simple integrity had won the love of all.

Courtesy Illustrated History of Plumas, Lassen & Sierra Counties
San Francisco: Fariss & Smith (1882)
Added by idahonetto on Nov 18, 2016 1:01 PM
Jan Kuykendall
RE: Dale Hogg Kraft
Hi,
I sent an email to Luanna just now, asking that question, will get back to you, here or on your email address.
Thanks,
Jan Kuykendall
Added by Jan Kuykendall on Oct 19, 2016 11:02 AM
McMolly
John Tees transfer...
Thank you for the transfer of John Tees...

McMolly
Added by McMolly on Feb 26, 2016 2:00 PM
McMolly
John Tees, Jean Tees
Thank you for the transfer for my relations here....

Have a great month!!!
Added by McMolly on Feb 25, 2016 8:58 PM
Rudi Frank
RE: Marian Consider
Well, her name is Marian Consider. I put that in the Subject line right above my 1st message. I'm not sure how many Marian Considers you might have, but her #51199401.
Added by Rudi Frank on Feb 23, 2016 5:10 PM
Rudi Frank
RE: Marian Consider
What info specifically? I'm pretty new to this.
Added by Rudi Frank on Feb 23, 2016 3:57 PM
Rudi Frank
Marian Consider
I was wondering if you could transfer my grandmother's site to me.
Added by Rudi Frank on Feb 22, 2016 5:30 PM
Joyce Niswander
Reginald & Ella Paterson
Thank you very much, Nils, for the beautiful photos that you took for the memorial pages for Reginald and Ella Paterson. Their resting place is very beautiful. You helped to make their memorial pages very special for me and many others who come to visit.
Blessings to you.
Joyce Niswander
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Added by Joyce Niswander on Feb 20, 2016 7:57 PM
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Thank you the picture of Willis Bouchey movie star. I have posted pictures of his cousin Claude Casmer Bouchey and note. Great stories and reunions including memories. Awesome
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